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To this day the business has a score of 4.6 out of 5 and this score has been calculated on 4228 reviews.
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This Tourist Attraction corresponds to the category of Wildlife park.
Super cool experience! Tons of bears and other animals close up! Took us about one hour total with driving and walking through animal exhibits. Definitely worth the money.
Loads of animals to see and photograph on the drive through. Probably close to fifty bears roaming, playing and snoozing in the open area. Black, brown and grizzly bears in abundance. Lots of baby bears playing and climbing trees. The best animal park we have ever visited. If you are in the Deadwood/Rapid City area, do not miss Bear Country USA.
Had such a fun time visiting Bear Country with the family. Watching the bears play in the water was the best part of the visit!
1000% DO NOT MISS THIS! It's a small drive (maybe 45 min) through the park, but you get to see SO MUCH! They have wolves, reindeer, and hundreds of bears! We got to see tons of them walking around and sometimes they would cut through the cars. You have to keep your windows closed, but it was still awesome. After you are done driving, you can hit the LARGE gift shop, and walk around their outdoor animal viewing area. Here's where they keep the cubs! Tons of bear cubs playing around in their holding pen. It was great to see! Great place to visit.
Love this place, I've been there 3 times now and have a great time always.
This is something everybody suggest you need to do when you're in the Black Hills. Because of that I did not look up the pricing for it. It was $60 for four people / car. You do get to see a lot of Wildlife. The bears were the best. Take your time...its only a couple mile drive. At the end it was raining so we didn't get to visit the discovery area. It was fun. Feeding the animals are is completely restricted.
We visited the park yesterday and were really surprised about the cost considering the size of the park but we were there so decided to go forward. Several enclosures were empty but the bears didn't disappoint. In the end there is a walk about to see more local animals. We paid $36. to see the local animals - was it worth it? Not sure...
Awesome! A bit expensive, however not so bad if you really take your time going through it. Everyone in our group of 6, ages 4-48, really enjoyed it! All the animals were so beautiful & there were lots, all around. After the part that you drive through, there is also a part to walk through. It was a very enjoyable day!
We are locals, we love Bear Country. This time, the lines were very long and there didn't seem to be very many bears out. We did see the buffalo which is pretty awesome. They aren't always around. We will return again.
Fun place to see wildlife up close. They are free roaming in large areas and not afraid of vehicles. Nice gift shop with lots of goodies and staff was very pleasant.
Great way to spend a couple of hours. We'll worth the time to visit. I thought back in the 50's I saw lots of bears in Yellowstone N.P. Well Bear Country USA tops it. Adults and kids will enjoy it. I would come back again!
WOW!! This place is incredible! Seeing all of these beautiful animals up close was amazing. The kids had a great time, and loved getting so close to the animals. I highly recommend you stop here on your way back from Mount Rushmore. A little expensive, but they offered military discount.
So. Many. Bears! Was a fun activity for the kids to spot everything. I would advise going on a cooler day. A few of the critters were hiding/napping in the shade where you could see them. Our favorites included the playful bear cubs, the otter and the wolves.
Best wildlife park!! Driving through animals right next to your car. Animals walking across the street. The walking area was also amazing. We had a great time.
Such a beautiful place! Its a wonderful way to see wildlife! We had a bear and wolf come out on the road right in front of us! I highly recommend this for people of all ages.
Wildlife I love and at this place the animals are everywhere.. so cool. It was so awesome I went back the next day and would keep going if I could
great place to save wildlife and to see it all from your car! tons black bears but only one wolf in open area. definitely worth of visit. take it very slow and enjoy.
A must for the family. Drive true Zoo. First time here and glad I made the extra trip here. We got to see all the animals up close. At the end we got to see the smaller animals and visit the gift shop. Beware of the bears.
Better than your normal zoo. A more natural way to see the animals. We got there first thing in the morning, so they just fed many of the animals so they were up and about. This one little sheep really was curious about our car. And we saw some wolves wrestling. And another wolf very intent on walking in front of our car to make sure we didn't go too fast and miss anything. The bear cubs were so adorable and loved to show off their standing skills and tree climbing expertise.
One of the best drive through and walking habitats I've been to. Very clean and the animals are well taken care of!! A must see when travelling through or to the Black Hills SD
Such a cool experience. I would highly recommend making the time to come here. You get to see the animals so close.
Some of the other animals weren’t as active as we hoped but the bears were incredible! They were everywhere and were pacing back in front of the gates at the entrances and exits. Amazing time and we all got a little thrill from having a bear that close! So cool! Perfect for kids and family, just don’t terrify the car behind you by rolling down your windows despite all the warning signs like the car in front of us did!
Well worth the time to stop. We prefer first thing in the morning as the animals seem more active. We have four kids and all enjoyed the stop. Bear Country was a fun stop all ages in our family. We've seen bears in zoos before, but this was much better. Would stop here again.
Bear Country USA was the highlight of our family trip. There are tons of animals to drive through and look at. It's not often you get to be that close to so many bears. The real highlight for us was after the driving part when you get to walk through the smaller animal exhibits. We were able to toss food to younger bears that had been born only a few months before. They were amazingly cute! We highly recommend Bear Country USA if you are in or visiting the area.
We drove through Bear Country USA this morning. So worth the money paid to get in. I just wish we had the grandkids along. They would have loved it. I would definitely do it again.
My family loves this place kids ages 15, 13, 11, 9 lots of great close encounters with animals. There were a ton of bears and pretty active. They also have a smaller zoo area with wonderful displays that let you feel like you are close to the animals. Gift shop was reasonable. We paid $65 max car fee. So very reasonable experience for a large family. It's a super cool place, a must see really
Price was pretty high but it was a good experience. We came through at feeding time for the bears, so cars stacked up and we had to wait for a while, but it also got us a great view of the bears! The walk through area was very nice and helped justify the admission price a bit.
Before deciding to go to bear country USA I was under the impression that going in was more “like” a national park than a zoo. I was hoping that it was going to be animals in their natural habitat. The first part, while driving around was more of that idea than it was a zoo. However, some of those animals even, were pretty confined in a small enclosed area. The second half, walking around, was what actually upset me. The biggest animal in the park (the grizzly bear) had no trees to lay under and no place to run or be a bear. The smaller animals like the beavers and porcupines and raccoons, etc. were in enclosures maybe the size of a babies playpen. The beavers were chomping away on the metal bars because there was nothing else in their enclosure. The coyotes and wolves and foxes were stuffed in pens the size of a big living room. It was just upsetting to see and it made me feel terrible to know I spent money supporting the captivity of animals away from their natural environment
One of the coolest places to visit in The Black Hills!! I personally consider this a must see!! Starts with a driving tour through virtually any animal you can name over 50lbs. They come right up to your car and the experience is incredible!! At the end of the tour, go and feed some baby bears!! Great staff, great place to visit, fun will be had by all! 5 stars!!
One of my top favorite spots we visited. The animals get right up to your vehicle. My entire family really enjoyed it. I'd recommend going if you have a chance. Beats any zoo I've ever been too!
The perfect place to spend a few hours while visiting South Dakota! My family loved the close interaction with various animals as well as the beauty of the property. Drive through the park and see bears, elk, bison, wolves, rams, and more. Every employee was kind and helpful. A must-see when visiting Keystone, Mt Rushmore, Rapid City, or Sturgis.
We have always seen this place from the road but never though it would be worth stopping. Boy were we wrong. The grounds are really well kept, the staff is very nice, and the attractions are top notch. The animals are all viewable and lively. They also have a walking area that is like a miniature zoo. I would recommend this for a family to enjoy.
Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. I was amazed at the overall number of bears they had.
Can't wait to go back. Fantastic what they do there so well looked after animals. Gift shop worth going to.
I went today and felt deceived. I didn't realise this was a zoo. I was initially impressed with the Safari portion where most animals had a good amount of space, except for the poor mountain lions. Their enclosure was smaller than my tiny apartment. Then the walk through portion broke my heart further to see more intelligent animals trapped in tiny enclosures. The animals were showing signs of psychosis. All I could think of is, if someone locked in my bedroom for the rest of my life (not to mention strangers staring at me through my bedroom window for prolonged periods).. Left hoping that humanity can be forgiven for it's heartlessness.
Amazing park and zoo!! This experience is second to none. I've hiked days and camped for weeks on end to try and see this type of wildlife. Great opportunity to see it all. One of the best stops in the entire area hands down!
Really an exciting place to visit. We got there at feeding time. Which was perfect to see all of them moving and chasing the food truck. Lol
Such a fun place to visit. We've been coming since we were kids and it never disappoints. It's so neat to see a variety of bears and wolves up close. I love seeing the little bear cubs, they are so rambunctious and cute. A tourist stop that is well worth the money.
It's not badly priced for what you get to see. The animals walk right in front of your car it's very cool to see. I enjoyed it!
What a wonderful experience! My children (11, 3 and 1) absolutely loved the up close experience. They have a wide variety of animals. They come right up to the door or walk in front of the car. My 3 year old thought that it was the coolest thing ever. We'll definitely be back.
This place is awesome. You travel in your car and the animals are all around you. A big horn sheep crossed the road right in front of our car and we had to wait for reindeer to get out of the road for us to pass. Anyone would love this place
Amazing! My kids and I loved everything about it! The animals seemed happy and healthy and the baby bears where so cute! Loved it! Cost around $65 for our whole vehicle to get in.worth every penny
This place was amazing. You really wouldn't expect to see so many bears up close in person, but they really are right next to you. The wolves were even eating with the bears. Awesome!
Nice park. Way too many visitors the day I visited. They should consider limiting attendance so you get a better experience
This was a fun way for my kids to get to see animals up close. It was interesting watching the bears/wolves interact in the same enclosure and we were able to see elk closer up than we were in Custer State Park
Bear Country is a must see when in the Black Hills. It took us a couple hours to drive through and see the bears, wolves, mountain lions, big horn sheep and Mountain goats. We walked around the baby bear loop and went to the gift shop. The animals were all out and visible. We even saw the bears get a bread treat. They walked over and moved around a lot for that. The baby bear Cubs were a delight! It doesn't feel like a zoo since it's all open and the animals are loved. You stay in your car and drive through except the walking loop. There are restrooms and vending machines in the gift shop walking loop area. The gift shop has some unique items. The kids got bear shaped sweeties and about $100 worth of other stuff. The admission cost was $65 for the car load- 6 of us. Go to Bear country then Keystone to get taffy from Rushmore taffy. It's a great day trip.
Seemed a bit cheesy at first, but it was an awesome and unforgettable experience. Able to view animals up close!! Would definitely go again and again. Price was good as well!!
It's really cool to see all the animals and bears!!! The gift shop is great as well. I only recommend though to go right when it opens in the summer when it's cool and not so hot and busy. Cars can be lined up and you can be sitting in one spot for a long time. But it's worth it to take nice pictures
A very nice drive thru safari. The bears are the best. All animals looked happy and healthy and the walk thru part was great also. My wife and I really enjoyed this place. It is well done.
Bear Country USA is such an awesome experience! We needed to do something that was dog friendly. LOTS of bears. They walk right next to your car. The wolves are beautiful. There was 1 wolf that was laying in the middle of the road just taking a nap. I thought the price was fair. At the end of the drive you can walk through and look at more animals. It was a blast!
What an exciting experience! The animals appear to be well cared for! Very expansive & spacious area. It was pretty busy, so the drive through is slow going, but that just aloud for longer chances of viewing the animals. It’s not just bears, tons of different animals to see! Be sure to park and walk the end exhibits so you see the precious baby cubs, sooo cute!!
One of my favorite places in the Black Hills. Thank you for the Veteran's discount, saved us $6 between the 3 of us. Loved the baby animals...especially the bear cubs.
Nice place if you want to get kind of close with bears. You basically drive slowly through a wildlife park where animals roam freely. You can see rams, bison, bears, elk and a couple of others. Plenty of opportunities for photos, though your time here and ability to get good photos depends on traffic. In terms of value, I am not sure it is a great value due to not all types of animals being present and the short duration to complete the circuit (as little as 30 min and no option to go again). Also note that you cannot get out of your vehicle at any time.
4 stars instead of 5, just for the cost of admission. The driving loop features a lot of animals, starting with elk and ending with a lot of black bear. From the driving loop, you can park at the visitor center/gift shop and continue on foot on a paved walking path. The walking path features smaller animals. You can see beaver, porcupine, raccoon, lynx, coyote, timberwolf pups, baby bears, and a couple more. This path provides an up close look at many different animals. It is set up like most zoo's with good views, and general information about the species. The gift shop is large and has a wide selection of souvenirs. The location is great, as it is easily accessible from Mount Rushmore Road (US Hwy 16).
We were able to see bears, wolves, nand many other animals up close. We really enjoyed seeing the baby animals, too.. highly enjoyable@
I was amazed and in awe of all the different species of animals that are living here at Bear Country USA. From mountain lion, to wolves, to black bears, and even a grizzly bear, this amazing place, filled with not your every day type of scenery, is a spectacular experience and one that I would recommend to anyone at any age of life. Cost of admission is a little spendy, though.
This place is so cool. There agree so many different animals here. Didn't post the pictures of the bears. Have to go yourself to see how amazing the views are of these majestic animals. I would recommend this place to everyone. Never seen a place like this in my life. ONE OF A KIND.
Awesome place! Would highly recommend going. Totally cool to have Bears walking next to you. Great, great, great!!!! Also walk through afterwards is nice. Would definitely return!!
Brought my Sister & niece here from Colorado & we must've stayed here for 4-5 hours in our own little worlds. Got amazing pictures & the staff was great @ waiting as we were the last ones out that day so they could go home. Amazing place as my family had never seen such a thing or been that close to any of those animals! A must do & see...
Great place for adults and kids. So many large animals to see that we haven't seen up close before. Well worth it.
Would recommend going here seen lots of animals but best part was the bears very well kept and friendly employee's I will be going back price is fair for all that you see and you can drive slow to take pics and videos and the gift shop is decent prices also and very friendly employee's the walking area to see the other animals is great also. If you haven't been here please go will will not regret it
It was a very cool sight to see. You drive through different parts that held different animals such as bear, buffalo, mountain lions, and more. Definitely worth the trip here!
So beautiful ❤️ !! The price is well worth it! Staff at the gate was a little rude but the animals made up for it! It's a great place to stop
Went early on the morning and saw almost no animals... Half of the zones had missing/hidden animals, and by the 3rd zone a queue of cars was awfully long, and the first cars would get the best pictures while the rest of the cars would not see very much. I enjoyed the Badlands a lot more and for a much lower price.
Beautiful place absolutely wonderful. Animals health and happy. Great natural interaction.
After driving through Custer State Park last year and seeing nothing, we were cautiously optimistic. Wow! So worth it. Loved seeing the wolves play and the black bear monitoring the movement of the cars leaving his enclosure. The walking tour at the end was fantastic. Loved to see the bearcubs play, dance and climb too.
I love this place. When you drive in and pay there is a spot you can stop and they have squeegee's to clean off windshields for better view, never even thought of that before going in! We almost always see all the animals while driving through and the walkway is clean and well set up to see the rest of the animals. Also has a wonderfully huge gift shop, which I love because I'm a big fan of Bears!
Bear Country was probably my family's favorite part of our vacation. While the cost is a tad pricey, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The drive through was eventful with bears, wolves, and rams walking right beside the car. Our very favorite part was babyland though! I could've sat and watched the bear cubs all day, they're so ornery and cute! Good variety of animals with most looking healthy. The Arctic foxes looked rough but I think they must be mid-shed for summer. The facilities were clean. We'd definitely come back if in the area again ** tip, wash your windows beforehand if you plan to take pictures! You won't be able to roll your windows down on the drive through
I highly recommend visiting Bear Country USA! What an amazing experience! Bear, wolves, and elk walk right next to your car. The bears are very entertaining to watch. At the end of the driving trail, you have to take the walking path to see the baby animals! The bear Cubs are adorable and so hilarious as they play together and climb trees and swim.
We had a great experience here. Way more than just bears. Was initially concerned we wouldn't get to see all the animals but the path is good and you get to see the whole space. All of the animals were amazing and right by your vehicle. Thought a reindeer was going to challenge my truck! Nice zoo area afterwards to walk around and learn and see more. This is great, especially with kids or if you were not lucky in seeing wildlife in the area.
Love this! The white wolf walked alongside the car and even made eye contact with my passenger. Had to wait for a black bear to cross the road in front of us. It was feeding time just after open for the big horned sheep and boy, did they come a-running. Even after the driving portion, the walking portion had young bears and other cute fuzzy animals! We went first thing in the morning on a Tuesday in September. There were a couple of other cars in the park with us. Perfect time to visit!
Great place, went off season no lines! Animals were great and the bears wow, one blocked the road and caused a bear nececties! Best experience ever!
Great place! It was cold weather so it was nice just to drive through it with the family and see all the animals
We really enjoyed our trip to Bear Country. This park is very well maintained, and the animals look very healthy. Great variety and good length. We aren't sure who enjoyed the tour more--us or our 2 boys! The bears are more active in the morning but there were still many moving about when we toured near lunch time. Bring a decent camera, and be patient with the other cars. Totally worth it!
A great place to see a ton of wildlife upfront. Probably the most bears I've ever seen. They had no problem with all the vehicles driving around. We were able to watch them play, eat and soak in the water. I would also highly recommend stopping into the gift shop, as they have so many cute items. Make sure to walk around and see the baby bears climbing the trees.
Fun stop with the kids. A little pricey, but everyone had a blast! Our favorite part was the bears roaming, the timber wolves playing, and feeding the baby cubs (absolutely adorable!!). We debated whether or not to visit and our last day in town decided to go and are happy we did. Nice gift shop too.
Kids will love this place. They can see the animals up-close. No danger whatsoever. Convenient for kids to see and learn. Will recommend this place to all. Loved it.
We are simply in love with this place because the experience that we had was simply breathtaking. I will never forget this place and yes i would definitely come back here again. Their animals are so taken care so well way better than omaha wild safari.
This is a great place to go, so many animals! Cute bears. Love going here on a family outing
Great place to see the wild up close. Plenty of animals. Wolves were active and moving around. The Elk had massive racks.... impressive. Worth the cost of admission. Nice gift shop. Walking tour was worthwhile. If you're in the area then you need to stop here. Buy the way the bears were walking right up to the car.
This was a highlight of our trip! Bears, wolves, and bison came right up to the car; it's great to be able to stop and take as many pictures and videos as we want. We loved seeing the baby bears playing and the big cats sunning themselves.
What a beautiful way to see bear, elk, reindeer, wolves, etc. Up close and personal while driving through the park. Then you can walk through an area similar to a zoo. Such a very nice place and clean with friendly staff.
I always wondered why Rapid City did not have a zoo. Now I know. I love the drive Through and walk through experiencing both worlds. Gift shop is very well stocked and priced fair. A must stop.
So cool to see the animals up close! They were all very active the day we drove through and would walk right by the car. Really cool!
Amazing and totally worth it! Up close to a lot of Bears and other animals. After driving through the animal area where they roam free, go on a zoo-like experience to see the other animals in the exhibits. I loved the experience of seeing so many bears up close and personal. Unlike anything you get from a zoo!
This place is worth every penny you pay! We loved it and got lots of pictures. You see animals up close and personal and the babies at the end are precious. Even all of the babies you could see almost as up close. Highly recommend if you're in the area!
They have lots of polar bear, black & grizzly bear here, big horned sheep, wolves, elk and other animals! It's a drive through seasonal wildlife park. Very enjoyable! Great visit!
It was amazing. Right off the bat, elk just relaxing. Then a wolf, mountain goats, reindeer (relaxing by the sprinkler because it was warm out), then the bears. We watched bears for 30 minutes hanging out, playing in a pool, climbing on stuff. It was great. Then all the other little animals you don’t normally see out and about. Bob Cats, baby bears aka cubs, badgers, beavers, a porcupine, even some kind of wild hog. My family loved it. Even the curmudgeonly teenagers got into it. It was worth every penny. We will definitely be coming back next year.
It wasn't very crowded. The weather was nice. The snack shop prices were very reasonable. Food was great. We saw plenty of animals out and about. My family enjoyed this very much!
This place was such a fun experience!!! Tue bears and all animals got super close to the car. It was a really cool thing to watch how excited the kids got.
Super fun place to visit on our way home from Mount Rushmore. Tons of real live animals, "loose". Not like a zoo with cages, but there are partitioned areas the animals can wander around freely in while you drive through. You'll never be closer to 30+ bears! Totally worth it.
#1 TOP PLACE IN THE BLACK HILLS! NOT A TOURIST TRAP FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Definitely the highlight in the blackhills. Worth the money for the entire family. You get to drive at your own pace right next to bears, wolves, goats, sheep and many other animals. Total time takes about 30 to 60 min depending on how you drive. A definite place to visit.
Most definitely a unique experience. The other animals are all pretty boring, but there are lots of bears, and they are awesome! Be sure to check out the little bear cubs after you drive through. We had fun feeding them, as they stand up right in front of you and whine for for treats.
Must see place when you’re near Rapid City! Worth the cost and check on discounts for Veterans and such. Way more to see than just bears!
This wad an AMAZING experience. The animals are in a very natural environment and are allowed to act as they would in the wild. And yet... as you drive through they are RIGHT next to your car! The staff is knowledgeable and available to answer any questions. They care very much about the animals and the park. A GREAT day for the whole family!
Super cool experience for the whole family. We had bears walking around our car
This is a must see for anyone vacationing in the Black Hills. There's a HUGE amount of bears here, it had to be 50 or more. They're everywhere. The cubs are adorable! They also sell the best teddy bears ever.
My family had a great time here! We loved all the bears. It was difficult to remember how dangerous they are because they were so cute. After the driving part, we also enjoyed the walking part where we could sew adorable bear Cubs! The gift shop was also fun, and we bought t-shirts to remember our fun time there.
This place was so much fun. Getting to see the animals up close was so much fun. It was worth the trip.
It has been a while since I was there the last time. Its a good but small nature park. Kinda like a safari as animals walk free in their designated sections but the do seem to have plenty of space. Impressive collection of bears
It is a little pricey, but worth every single penny. I have never been so close to animals like that. I got some incredible pictures and it was fun for the whole family!
We decided to take the family through the park. It was so much fun! The animals were gorgeous, & we LOVED the bears! My favorite was the big grizzly hanging out in his pool! Our nephews really enjoyed it, & it was well worth the money spent!
Its was great the animals that were advertised we there. I was able to take a ton on pictures
Must must must see! I was hesitant being an avid hunter ive seen most of the animals in the wild. Went for the kids and was not at all disappointed. Must have been 100 bears! So worth the visit even though expensive. Walk around exhibits well kept and interesting. Gift shop was nice. Went during an off peak time and glad we did. Great job bear country! If you do anything during your visit to the area, do this!!
An absolute must if you are in South Dakota! We loved driving through the park and seeing all the animals. They also have a lovely gift shop and more animals to see in the walking area at the end of the drive. Highly recommend it!
Very cool experience. So glad we made this stop on our family vacation. You see tons of bears and other wild life. Snacks are priced fairly and a great selection at the gift shop to remember you visit. Enjoyed everything!
This is so cool! You get to drive through the property and see the animals from your car. The bears walk casually right up to your car as if you are just part of nature. We saw the elk males battle a little bit which was neat.
You definitely get to see many different animals from inside your car. Very neat place for a good view of animals for the kids in your vehicle.